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Haslam Names 13 New Members to Higher Ed Boards, Reappoints 2

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; September 11, 2014:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of thirteen new members and two re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards.

Bill Lee, Pam Martin and Alex Martin will serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Shannon Brown, Bill Evans, Julia Wells, Rhedona Rose, R.J. Duncan and David Golden will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees. Barbara Prescott, Leigh Shockey, Rebecca Reeves and Dottye Webb will serve as new members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).

“We want to thank the new and current members for serving and the important work they do for higher education in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “There is no doubt that attracting and growing Tennessee jobs is directly tied to education, and these new appointees’ bring a variety of experiences and backgrounds that will help us in this effort.”

Lee is CEO of Lee Company, a comprehensive facilities solutions and home services company with over 800 employees. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Nashville, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Board of Directors for the Nashville Business Coalition. He is also the chairman of YMCA of Middle Tennessee and past president of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Lee lives in Franklin and will represent the Seventh Congressional District on THEC.

Pam Martin is the president of Cushion Employer Services and is the chairwoman of the Minority Business Advisory Council in Nashville. She was previously the vice president of community development for SunTrust Bank. She has also served as vice chair of the Conventions and Visitors Bureau on the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, chairwoman of Nashville’s Tourism and Conventions Commission, and as an executive board member of the United Way of Nashville and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. The Nashville native will represent the Sixth Congressional District on THEC.

Alex Martin is a sophomore at Tennessee Tech University. He is a senator in the Student Government Association and a representative on the Inter-fraternity Council, and he serves on the Ad Hoc University Admissions Standards Committee. The Portland-native will serve as a student representative on THEC.

Brown is the senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer for FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company. He serves on the boards of the March of Dimes and the Lausanne Collegiate School. Brown is chairman of the board for United Way of the Mid-South, and he is a member of the central board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Brown lives in Memphis and will represent Shelby County on the UT Board of Trustees.

Evans is a member of the faculty at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He joined St. Jude as a student in 1972 and most recently served as president and CEO from 2004-2014. He served on the board of Memphis Tomorrow until July 2014, and he currently is a member of the board of Launch Tennessee and the U.S. Board of Pharmacy Specialists. Evans lives in Memphis and will represent Shelby County on the UT Board of Trustees.

Rose is the executive vice president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, where she has worked for 28 years. She is a past state president of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association and holds the Honorary American FFA degree. She is a board member of the Maury Alliance and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Rose resides in Columbia and will represent the Fourth Congressional District of the UT Board of Trustees.

Wells is vice president of marketing services at the Pictsweet Company. She serves as state finance chairwoman and Volunteer Girls State chairwoman of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a National Frozen Food Hall of Fame inductee and serves on the board of directors for the American Frozen Food Institute Foundation and Christ Community Church. She has previously been a member of the University of Tennessee, Martin Development Council. Wells resides in Jackson and will represent the Eighth Congressional District on the UT Board of Trustees.

Duncan is a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he is a member of the Student Government Association. He has been involved with community service through the Boys and Girls Club and through Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Nolensville native will represent students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on the UT Board of Trustees.

Golden is a professor of food microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the current chairman of the Faculty Senate. In 2013 he received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Tennessee Alumni Association. He has served on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Golden lives in Knoxville and will represent UT faculty on the UT Board of Trustees.

Prescott is the executive director of PeopleFirst Partnership, the education and talent arm of Memphis Fast Forward. Prior to taking the position with PeopleFirst, she served as vice president of Allie Prescott & Partners, LLC. She is a licensed professional counselor and operated a private counseling practice for more than 30 years. She is a former member of the Memphis City School Board where she served twice as president and vice president. She also sat on the board of directors of the Tennessee School Boards Association. She presently serves on the boards for New Leaders New Schools, the Salvation Army, and the Salvation Army’s Joan and Ray Kroc Community Center. Prescott resides in Memphis and will represent the Eighth Congressional District on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Shockey is CEO and chairman of Drexel Chemical Company, serving in that role since 1998 after starting with the company in 1980. She is also the co-founder of Veritable Music. She serves as chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee District Export Council, and she is the regional legislative coordinator for the Southeast region of the National District Export Council. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Leadership Memphis, and the Moss Society of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Shockey resides in Rossville and will represent West Tennessee on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Reeves is a junior at the University of Memphis, Lambuth. She received her associate’s degree in psychology at Dyersburg State Community College, and while attending Dyersburg State she served as the Student Government Association president, secretary for the Tennessee Board of Regents Student President’s Council and vice president of fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Reeves resides in Friendship and will represent students on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Webb has worked at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Newbern since 1998, and she currently is the test center manager and technology foundations master. She also serves as the Local Skills Chapter advisor and student government advisor, and was named the 2013 Tennessee Postsecondary SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year. Webb resides in Milan and will represent faculty on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Haslam also reappointed John Foy and D. Crawford Gallimore to the UT Board of Trustees.

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Haslam Appoints 152 Tennesseans to 58 State Boards, Commissions

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; December 28, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 152 Tennesseans to 58 state boards and commissions.

“I appreciate the willingness to serve the state and the commitment of these men and women,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions, and I look forward to continuing our review to make sure Tennesseans have a government responsive to them.”

The governor continues his review of the state’s complete range of boards and commissions to determine other potential reforms that might be made to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

Appointment terms are varied due to differing statutory requirements or term limits determined by specific qualifications. The appointments are:

Advisory Committee for the Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Disabled

  • Robert Duvall, Antioch

Air Pollution Control Board

  • J. Ronald Bailey, Chattanooga
  • Karen Cisler, Nashville
  • Shawn Hawkins, Knoxville
  • Larry Waters, Gatlinburg

Architects and Engineers Board of Examiners

  • Jerome Headly, Tullahoma
  • Paul William Lockwood, Brentwood
  • Frank Wagster, Jackson
  • Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities
  • Betty Hodge, Bristol

Board of Appeals

  • Barbara Clark, Knoxville
  • James Crumlin, Brentwood
  • LeeAnn Foster, Knoxville
  • James Hamilton, Dyersburg
  • Laura Holland, Lascassas
  • Bland Justis, Greeneville
  • Brian Ragan, Dickson
  • Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, Ooltewah

Board of Boiler Rules

  • David Baughman, Murfreesboro

Board of Communication Disorders

  • Terri Philpott-Flynn, Lawrenceburg

Board of Dietitian and Nutritionist Examiners

  • Kim Pryor, Knoxville

Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

  • Russell Caughron, Murfreesboro

Board of Examiners in Psychology

  • Melissa Gay, Hendersonville

Board of Nursing

  • Brent Earwood, Jackson
  • Lisa Heaton, Elizabethton
  • Marithia Silvers, Calhoun
  • Mark Young, Mount Juliet

Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Donna Carron, Adams
  • Ruth Ford, Franklin

Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

  • Kim Johnson, Franklin
  • Roland Federico, Chattanooga

Commission on Aging and Disability

  • Margaret Seay, Kingsport

Committee on Physician Assistants

  • James Montag, Telford

Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists

  • Jerry Hall, Cleveland
  • Fredrick Rayne, Cookeville

Doe Mountain Recreation Authority

  • Carolyn Hawkins, Mountain City
  • Gabrielle Lynch, Trade
  • Terry Maughon, Elizabethon
  • Richard Strang, Kingsport

Douglas Henry State Museum Commission

  • Mary Ann Clark, Jackson
  • Charles Cook, Jr., Nashville
  • Deborah DiPietro, Knoxville
  • Deannie Parker, Memphis
  • Jan Simek, Seymour
  • Tom Smith, Nashville

Elevator and Amusement Device Safety Board

  • Larry Moore II, Kingsport
  • David Hale, Lebanon

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health

  • Rose Grindstaff, Brentwood

Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board

  • Earl Worsham, Gatlinburg

Homeland Security Council

  • Mark Sirois, Johnson City

Information Systems Council

  • Donald Enfinger, Fairview

Interagency Coordinating Council

  • Janet Coscarelli, Nashville
  • Catherine Knowles, Nashville

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

  • Michael Dumont, Linden
  • Sandra Ennis, Tullahoma
  • Terry Griffin, Clarksville
  • Ann Johnson, Franklin
  • Georgette Johnson, Memphis
  • Sara Ladd, Nashville
  • Larry Potter, Cordova
  • Ganelle Roberts, Memphis
  • Kelsey Ross, Franklin
  • Cindi Smith-Walters, Murfreesboro

Local Government Planning Advisory Council

  • Ernest Burgess, Murfreesboro
  • Dan Eldridge, Jonesborough
  • John Gentry, Athens
  • Brent Greer, Paris

Pest Control Board

  • Kenny Crenshaw, Millington
  • Frank Hale, Franklin

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

  • Donald Samples, Johnson City

Sam Davis Memorial Association Board of Trustees

  • John Bratcher, Murfreesboro
  • Shirley Davis, Franklin
  • Jerry Oxsher, Smyrna
  • Richard Thomas, Smyrna

Star Quality Advisory Council

  • Karen Baker, Kingsport
  • Karen Grandfield, Soddy Daisy
  • Renee Hauge, Knoxville
  • Merlean Hill, Memphis
  • Patty Kelly, Clarksville
  • Patti Ricossa, Cordova
  • Bridgett Stanfill, Clarksville
  • Harriet Wilson, Knoxville

State Board of Cosmetology

  • Pearl Walker, Memphis

State Board of Pharmacy

  • Kevin Eidson, White House

State Rehabilitation Council

  • Floyd Stewart, Whites Creek

State Textbook Commission

  • Jason Robinson, Cleveland

Statewide Independent Living Council

  • Jill Hindman, Hixson
  • Cynthia Martin, Tullahoma
  • Connie Robinson, Germantown
  • Dorothea Thompson, Murfreesboro
  • Wanda Willis, Nashville

TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee

  • Carol Minor, Nashville
  • Joel Phares, Arrington

Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil, and Gas

  • James Cameron III, Franklin
  • Jill Davis, Englewood
  • Kevin Davis, Savannah
  • Frank McGinley, Savannah
  • Derek Gernt, Allardt
  • John Guoynes, Oak Ridge
  • Monty Halcomb, Wartrace
  • Charlie Johnson, Sevierville
  • David Anthony Robinson, Kingsport

Tennessee Collection Services Board

  • Steve Harb, Knoxville

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

  • Brenda Davis, Chairman, Franklin
  • Jennie Harlan, Columbia
  • Raquel Hatter, Nashville
  • Gary Houston, Union City

Tennessee Consolidated Retirements System Board of Trustees

  • Alfred Laney, Nashville

Tennessee Community Services Agency Statewide Board of Directors

  • Tommy Hooper, Brownsville

Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control

  • Jeff Brown, Crossville
  • Armando Fontes, Newport
  • Dan Hughes, Lexington
  • Deborah Newman, Murfreesboro
  • Bill Oldham, Memphis

Tennessee Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Robert Baldwin, Memphis

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • Roger Gibbens, Chattanooga
  • Elizabeth Ritchie, Knoxville

Tennessee Economic Council on Women

  • Veronica Johnson, Nashville
  • Miriam Barnard, Nashville

Tennessee Ethics Commission

  • George Jaynes, Limestone

Tennessee Forestry Commission

  • Johnny Heard, Collinwood

Tennessee Historical Commission

  • Kathie Fuston, Columbia

Tennessee Human Rights Commission

  • Crystal Horne, Signal Mountain
  • Ralph White, Memphis

Tennessee Massage Licensure Board

  • Marvis Burke, Harrison
  • Bethann Easterly, Nashville

Tennessee Medical Examiner Advisory Council

  • Michael Dunavant, Ripley
  • Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, Knoxville
  • Samuel Smith, Brentwood

Tennessee Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission

  • Minnie Lane, Knoxville

Tennessee Real Estate Appraiser Commission

  • Rosemarie Johnson, Paris
  • Mark Johnstone, Jackson

Tennessee Registry of Election Finance

  • Patricia Heim, Nashville
  • Norma Lester, Memphis

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

  • Nancy Badger, Chattanooga
  • Kathy Benedetto, Johnson City

Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board

  • Warren Anderson, Murfreesboro
  • Marty Calloway, Maryville
  • Stacey Cothran, Lewisburg
  • Kenneth Donaldson, Columbia
  • George Hyfantis, Seymour
  • Bhag Kanwar, Franklin
  • Jared Lynn, Smyrna
  • David Martin, Hermitage
  • Beverly Philpot, Lawrenceburg
  • DeAnne Redman, Greenbrier
  • Franklin Smith, III, Brownsville
  • Mark Williams, Manchester
  • Viticulture Advisory Board
  • Carl O’Cain, Jackson
  • Connie Perrin, Corryton
  • Michael Reedy, Kingsport
  • Kip Summers, Brentwood

Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Board

  • Randall Braker, Manchester
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Haslam Appoints Scores of Tennesseans to Dozens of Boards, Commissions

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 5, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 165 Tennesseans to 62 state boards and commissions.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed Haslam’s recommended reforms to many of the state’s boards and commissions, and most of those changes take effect between July and October.

The governor continues his review of the state’s complete range of boards and commissions to determine other potential reforms that might be made to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

“I appreciate the willingness to serve the state and the commitment of these men and women,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions, and I look forward to continuing our review to make sure Tennesseans have a government responsive to them.”

Appointment terms are varied due to differing statutory requirements or term limits determined by specific qualifications. The appointments are:

 

Advisory Committee for Acupuncture

Charmaine Jamieson, Brentwood

 

Advisory Committee for Purchase from the Blind and Other Severely Disabled

Don Britton, Morristown

Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, Knoxville

 

Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities

Dawn Bradley, Lebanon

Katie Culberson, Nashville

Chip Fair, Manchester

Mary Johnson, Knoxville

Catherine Knowles, Nashville

Darlene Walden, Denmark

 

Advisory Council on Workers Compensation

Sandra Fletchall, Millington

 

Air Pollution Control Board

Stephen Gossett, Johnson City

Richard Holland, Sardis

 

Architects and Engineers Board of Examiners

Richard Bursi, Memphis

 

Board for Licensing Contractors

Reese Smith, Franklin

 

Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities

Carissa Sawyers Lynch, Franklin

Dr. Jennifer Gordon-Maloney, Hermitage

David Rhodes, Memphis

 

Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Susan Cunningham, Franklin

Karen Dennis, Memphis

 

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Dr. Richard Cole, Cordova

 

Board of Cosmetology

Rufus Hereford, Fayetteville

 

Board of Court Reporting

Terri Beckham, Springfield

Jimmie Jane McConnell, Knoxville

 

Board of Dentistry

Dr. Nadim Jubran, Maryville

Dr. Randy Prince, Dyersburg

Bettye Lynn Richert, Springfield

 

Board of Dietician and Nutritionist Examiners

Virginia Carney, Memphis

Jacqueline Marie Daughtry, Memphis

 

Board of Dispensing Opticians

LeRhonda Walton-Hill, Knoxville

 

Board of Education

Janet Ayers, Parsons

 

Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

Craig Laman, Alamo

Mary Ellen Vaughn, Knoxville

 

Board of Examiners in Psychology

Mark Loftis, Cookeville

Dr. James Milliron, Cleveland

 

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Jane Sowell, Columbia

Robert Starkey, Knoxville

Anita Taylor, Chattanooga

 

Board of Ground Water Management

Tim Hawn, Pikeville

 

Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Clinton Musil, Jr., Piney Flatts

Dr. Dennis Higdon, Memphis

 

Board of Occupational Therapy

Amy Burba, Hixson

Jeremy Keough, Maryville

 

Board of Optometry

Dennis Mathews, Memphis

 

Board of Osteopathic Examination

Jeffrey Hamre, Clarksville

 

Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

Karl M. Fillauer, Chattanooga

 

Building Finance Committee

Stephen Betts, Nashville

Scott Braun, Knoxville

Michael Sadler, Memphis

 

Carroll County Watershed

Robert Clark, Bruceton

Kenny McBride, Huntingdon

 

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Patrice Hobbs Glass, Chattanooga

 

Commission for Uniform Legislation

Bob Lloyd, Knoxville

 

Commission on Children and Youth

Rob Mortensen, Nashville

Jill Grayson Stott, Jonesborough

 

Committee on Physicians Assistants

Joan Gardner, Crossville

Benjamin Hux, Sevierville

 

Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists

Randy Williams, Bells

 

Council on Developmental Disabilities

Cynthia Chambers, Jonesborough

Stephanie Cook, Knoxville

Richard Davis, Hixson

Evan Espey, Antioch

Tommy Kidd, Lawrenceburg

Sheila Moore, Brentwood

Rebekah Seiber, Crossville

Heath Services Development Agency

Robert S. Doolittle, Nashville

Thom Mills, Knoxville

 

Homeland Security Council

Mark Foulks, Greeneville

 

Humanities Tennessee Board of Directors

Theta Rone, Burlison

 

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Ferrell “Chip” Boyd III, Nashville

 

Megasite Board of Directors

Skip Taylor, Somerville

 

Motor Vehicle Commission

Lynn Webb, Sevierville

 

Pest Control Board

Don Holt, White Pine

 

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

Jim Donaldson, Memphis

 

Real Estate Commission

John C. Griess, Knoxville

 

Regional Transportation Authority

Ed Cole, Nashville

Kelly Dannenfelser, Franklin

Ken Davis, Lebanon

Michael Evans, Clarksville

James Fenton, Ashland City

Margo Fosnes, Springfield

Paula Mansfield, Murfreesboro

Lee Zoller, Gallatin

 

State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors

Galyon Northcutt, Antioch

 

State Fair and Exhibition Board

Rogers Anderson, Franklin

Dr. Tim Cross, Knoxville

Bo Roberts, Nashville

 

State Rehabilitation Council

Norris Branick, Jackson

Marianne Dale, Henry

Thomas Depauw, Brentwood

Rozann Downing, Big Sandy

Patricia Griggs, Antioch

John Harris, Murfreesboro

Mary Little, Greeneville

Esther McCoy, Memphis

Jean Saulsberry, Memphis

Stephen Sparks, Antioch

 

State Veterans Home Board

Rogers Anderson, Franklin

Don Mathis, Evensville

Dan Wood, Reagan

 

Statewide Independent Living Council

Susan Conder, Nashville

Errol Elshtain, Nashville

Bryan Hilbert, Knoxville

Audrey James, Jackson

Robert Leonard, Henry

Ana Patricia Valadares, Old Hickory

 

Suicide Prevention Network

Pamela Arnell, Pulaski

Stephanie Brooks Barger, Nashville

Karyl Beal, Columbia

Renee Brown, Memphis

Linda Harold, Jonesborough

Jennifer Harris, Centerville

Harold Leonard, Kingsport

Claudia Mays, Nashville

Tina Mitchell, Nashville

Timothy Tatum, Chattanooga

Anne Burnett Young, Knoxville

 

TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee

Dr. Melvin Blevins, Smithville

Shana Bush, Brentwood

Alan Corley, Greenville

Dr. Jeri Fitzpatrick, Nashville

Dr. James Johns, Nashville

Dr. Ernest Jones, Lebanon

 

Tennessee Arts Commission

Patsy Camp, Jackson

Stephanie Conner, Nashville

 

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission

Bill Cox, Collierville

Trey Teague, Jackson

Jeffrey Griggs, Lexington

Julie Schuster, Pegram

Jamie Woodson, Lebanon

William Brown, Chattanooga

James Bledsoe, Jamestown

Harold Cannon, Lenoir City

Clayton Stout, Johnson City

 

Tennessee Historical Commission

Allen Carter, Athens

 

Tennessee Housing Development Agency

John L. Baker, Memphis

Dorothy Cleaves, Memphis

Terry Cunningham, Kingsport

Ronald Jones, Nashville

Benjie Shuler, Knoxville

 

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Board of Directors

Dale Allen, Nashville

Claire Whitfield Tucker, Nashville

 

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Noble Cody, Cookeville

 

Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority

John Bennett, Chattanooga

Cathy Holland, Nashville

Marty Marbry, Memphis

Toks Omishakin, Nashville

Jason Rich, Chairman, Waynesboro

Paula Sedgwick, Arlington

 

TOSHA Review Commission

Dana Dodson, Cordova

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Carol Braslow, Memphis

Thomas Groomes, Nashville

Fred Hart, Chattanooga

 

TRICOR

Christine Bradley, Nashville

Herbert Lackey, McDonald

Greg York, Jackson

 

Volunteer Tennessee Commission

Jawanna Chapman, Morristown

Justin Crowe, Knoxville

Ken Hall, Memphis

Mani Hull, Brentwood

William Lamb, Cleveland

Rochelle Mayberry, Cleveland

Leroy McIntosh, Lebanon

Justin Ross, Memphis

Tracy Van de Vate, Knoxville

Eileen Wollam, Nashville

 

Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Board

Darryl Green, Jackson

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Haslam Bills Meet Resistance

Last week was trying for Gov. Bill Haslam after a number of his high-profile bills faced turmoil and criticism from both Democrats and the GOP faithful in the Legislature.

Haslam has dozens of legislative initiatives he’d like the General Assembly to pass this year, ranging from lowering the tax on food to overhauling how state workers are hired and fired.

Here is a breakdown of the status of some of his proposed bills:

Classroom Sizes Bill A Bust (SB2210/HB2348): Haslam spent weeks trying to sell the public on increasing pay for teachers in challenging schools and difficult subjects by letting districts adjust average class sizes. No dice. The governor dropped that plan after hearing teachers and lawmakers argue stacking more students in the classroom is a bad idea.

Ownership Trips Up Economic Development Bill (SB2207/HB2345): The administration wants to collect certain financial information on businesses wanting tax breaks but says companies will only comply if the state keeps that info secret. There’s been some resistance from the Legislature, where leaders say info on the winning companies should be public. Edits are in the works. The bill faces floor votes in each chamber as early as Thursday.

State Employees Steps Away from TEAM Act (SB2246/HB2384): Haslam wants to do away with “bumping,” which lets laid-off state workers take jobs of lower seniority workers, creating a domino effect. The state employees union says Haslam’s plan could lead to political hiring and firing and stopped negotiating with the administration. The bill is now in State and Local Government committees to be heard Tuesday.

Inheritance Awaiting a Price Tag (SB3762/HB3760): For all the Republicans’ enthusiasm for reducing the tax on inheritances, Haslam’s plan to up the $1 million exemption to $1.25 million hasn’t budged. The office that estimates the fiscal impact of legislation has yet to calculate the price tag for this bill, which is why it hasn’t moved.

Slice the Food Tax Also On Hold (SB3763/HB3761): Lawmakers across the political spectrum are hungry to reduce the food tax, although some want it cut differently. Haslam’s proposal would drop the 5.5 percent tax to 5.3 percent. Lawmakers have placed this bill on the back burner, parking it in finance subcommittees while awaiting an estimate of its fiscal impact.

Boards and Commissions Begin To Move: (SB2247/HB2385SB2248/HB2386SB2249/HB2387): The governor wants to eliminate redundancies by restructuring 22 state boards and commissions, including a panel that oversees Haslam family-owned gas stations. The Senate unanimously OK’d one bill shifting some duties from the Board of Probation and Parole to the Board of Correction Thursday, but two other bills have yet to be heard in committee.

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Guv Appoints 100 New Members to State Boards, Commissions

With less than two months before stepping down as the state’s chief executive officer, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed 100 people to state boards and commissions, leaving a lasting fingerprint on the makeup of many of the state’s occupational governing bodies and policy advisory committees.

Bredesen, a Democrat, will be termed out of office on Jan. 15, 2011. He will be replaced by Republican Bill Haslam, who is just finishing up his second term as mayor of Knoxville.

One of a governor’s duties is to appoint individuals to more than 150 state boards and commissions, ranging from the Board of Athletic Directors and the Drycleaner Environmental Response Board to the Homeland Security Council and the state Ethics Commission.

“Gov. Bredesen has always taken these appointments very seriously and filling vacancies enables boards and commissions to continue their work and service to (the) state,” said a spokeswoman.

Bredesen’s appointments are sending people to sit on 34 different boards and commissions, many of which have not met for several months, according to a TNReport review of the state’s online calendar.

Haslam isn’t particularly bothered that board and commission slots were filled before he had a chance to make appointments himself. “There’s only one governor at a time,” said David Smith, a spokesman for the governor-elect. Bredesen is just doing his job, he added.

It’s too early to tell whether Bredesen’s new appointees — whose opinions and priorities  may differ from those of the new administration — will in any way hamper or cause problems for the new administration, says former state Rep. Susan Lynn, who chaired the Government Operations Committee that reviewed occupational and professional board renewal requests. Lynn has herself been mentioned as a prospect to join the new administration in some capacity.

“It’s just hard to say,” she said. “It’s an enormous job to find people who are qualified to serve on these boards.”

“These positions come open all the time,” she added.

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The governor’s appointments are as follows:

Barber Board of Examiners

Ralph S. Payne, Springville

Board for Licensing Alarm Systems Contractors

Karen Denise Jones, Limestone

McKenzie C. “Ken” Roberts, McMinnville

Board for Licensing Contractors

Cindi Gresham DeBusk, Knoxville

William E. Mason, Greenbrier

Board of Athletic Trainers

Monroe J. Abram, Antioch

Joseph T. Erdeljac, Cookeville

Walter S. Fitzpatrick, III, Cookeville

Cliff E. Pawley, Humboldt

Kurt P. Spindler, Franklin

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

W.T. Patterson, Camden

Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education

Mark J. Finucane, Johnson City

Drycleaner Environmental Response Board

Cullen Earnest, Nashville

Education Commission of the States

Bruce Opie, Nashville

Patrick Smith, Ashland City

Energy Efficient Schools Council

Carolyn P. Bowers, Clarksville

Goodwyn Institute

Suki Carson, Memphis

Governor’s Advisory Committee on Equal and Fair Employment Opportunity

Jacky Akbari, Franklin

Governor’s Citizens Corps Advisory Committee

Faye G. Morse, Liberty

Michael F. Nesbitt, Carthage

Joseph C. “Joe” Palmer, Cottontown

Homeland Security Council

William L. “Bill” Brown, Greeneville

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Virginia “Happy” Birdsong, Madison

Marjorie J. “Marge” Davis, Mount Juliet

Sandra S. Ennis, Tullahoma

Jack O. Horner, Talbott

Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board

Steven E. “Steve” Elkins, Nashville

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

Bryan P. Hughes, Woodbury

Roxanne M. Valentino, Hendersonville

State Textbook Commission

Lois E. Coles, Brentwood

Robert W. Greene, Decatur

Donald Lanier Hopper, Middleton

Brian K. Tate, Church Hill

Robert M. Stidham, Church Hill

Edith G. Williams, Stanton

Statewide Independent Living Council

Robert L. Leonard, McKenzie

Anthony D. Sledge, Memphis

Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors

Joe D. Barlow, Gainesboro

Lisa R. Bell, Camden

Peggy Collins, Lewisburg

Terry E. Crutcher, Dover

Pamela W. Edgemon, Cleveland

Kathleen J. Garrison, Spring City

Billy Joe Glover, Selmer

Pamela J. Harris, Jonesborough

John A. Hewgley, South Pittsburg

Regina L. Mason, Livingston

John R. Prince, Trenton

Ronald W. Shirey, Jr., Lynnville

Peggy K. Smotherman, Clifton

Martha Beaty Wiley, Allardt

Linda F. Williams, Fayetteville

Tennessee Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Stephen G. Young, Nashville

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Norris L. Branick, Jackson

Tina Ann Burcham, Counce

Alexander N. Santana, Antioch

Steven Z. Sheegog, Memphis

Joyce Elaine Sievers, Smithville

Tennessee Duck River Development Agency

William Lee Brown, Manchester

Eslick E. Daniel, Williamsport

Robert S. Finney, Shelbyville

Olen Lee Morrison, Lewisburg

Paul Myatt, Bon Aqua

Thomas H. Peebles, Nashville

Betty Superstein, Manchester

Barbara A. Woods, Lewisburg

Tennessee Ethics Commission

Frank E. Barnett, Knoxville

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Jon M. Kinsey, Chattanooga

Tennessee Historical Commission

John Charles Trotter, Knoxville

Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board

Jami C. Awalt, Nashville

Rebecca Conard, Murfreesboro

Jackie L. Glenn, Maryville

Jill Kay Hastings-Johnson, Clarksville

Mary McCoy Helms, Chattanooga

Wayne C. Moore, Madison

Richard L. Saunders, Martin

Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Mary Chatman, Springfield

Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

Kathleen M. Kenwright, Cordova

Jerry L. Miller, Kingsport

Thomas F. O’Brien, Jr., Munford

Tennessee Private Investigation & Polygraph Commission

Walter Valentine, Brentwood

Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Advisory Council

David Sevier, Murfreesboro

Belinda G. Watkins, Collierville

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Nancy L. Badger, Chattanooga

Kathy A. Benedetto, Johnson City

Roberta “Renee” Brown, Memphis

Anna Lynn Shugart, Maryville

Jacqueline Anne Stamps, Algood

Shelia R. Ward, Jackson

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Linda W. Copas, Nashville

Avis Easley, Antioch

Frank R. Meeuwis, Madison

Kathy Rouse, Morristown

Utility Management Review Board

Charlie C. Anderson, Kingsport

Volunteer Tennessee Commission

Laurel Leigh Creech, Nashville

Jonathan P. Farmer, Nashville

Carol L. Gaudino, Memphis

Julie C. Hembree, Knoxville

Emily Ann Jones, Knoxville

James H. Kilgore, Jr., Greeneville

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Press Releases

Bredesen Appoints 135 People To State Boards, Commissions

State of Tennessee Press Release; July 13, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 135 men and women to serve on 60 state boards and commissions. These Tennesseans represent areas from all across the state.

“I commend all those appointed for their willingness to serve the state through its boards and commissions,” Bredesen said. “Tennesseans have always been recognized for dedicating their time and talents to serve their fellow citizens, and I appreciate these men and women for upholding this tradition. I am confident they will represent their respective boards with integrity and honor.”

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The appointments are as follows:

Advisory Committee on Credit Life Insurance Rates

Earl R. Whaley, Jr., Maryville

Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities

Jeffrey L. Finney, Elizabethton

Chantal Bena Hess-Taylor, Cordova

Flavenia L. Leaper, Memphis

James E. Topp, Collierville

Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation

Bobby L. Pitts, Franklin

Air Pollution Control Board

John R. Roberts, Sr., Manchester

Archaeological Advisory Council

David H. Dye, Cordova

Architects and Engineers Board of Examiners

Robert G. Campbell, Jr., Knoxville

Board of Dentistry

Michael Philip Tabor, Nashville

Board for Professional Counselors, Marital & Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists

Stephen A. Caldwell, Dickson

James L. Philpott, Hixson

Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities

Sylvia J. Burton, Cookeville

Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Cummins, Fayetteville

Janice M. Hill, Memphis

Roy King, Knoxville

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Craig B. Ratcliff, Sevierville

Board of Communication Disorders & Sciences

John Richardson Ashford, Nashville

O.H. “Shorty” Freeland, Adamsville

Board of Dietitian and Nutritionist Examiners

Abbie Jane Derrick, Nashville

Janet J. Skates, Kingsport

Board of Examiners in Psychology

George H. Bercaw, Chattanooga

Donald Lynn Brookshire, Signal Mountain

Rodney A. Sullivan, Telford

Board of Medical Examiners

Michael John Baron, Franklin

Gary Keith Lovelady, Manchester

Board of Osteopathic Examination

Donald H. Polk, Waynesboro

Board of Physical Therapy

Minty R. Ballard, Brentwood

Lisa Church Fortner, McKenzie

Michael L. Voight, Nashville

Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

David H. Long, Martin

Board of Respiratory Care

Brian T. Cook, Chattanooga

Board of Social Worker Licensure

L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., Collierville

Teresa C. Housteau, Knoxville

Building Finance Committee

Debbie C. Small, Pleasant View

Lonnie M. Haley, III, Memphis

John Frank McGuffin, Morristown

Carroll County Watershed Authority

Joe T. Smothers, Huntingdon

Committee on Physician Assistants

Omar Nava, Clarksville

Emergency Communications Board

Mark T. Archer, Buchanan

Isaac Duff “Ike” Lowry, Bluff City

Steven J. Smith, Murfreesboro

Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission

Warren L. Gooch, Oak Ridge

Health Services and Development Agency

Charlotte C. Burns, Savannah

James Lee Wright, Franklin

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Terry A. Griffin, Clarksville

Larry E. Potter, Cordova

Jarron B. Springer, Nashville

Local Government Planning Advisory Committee

Tony Burriss, Trenton

Linda Hayes, White Bluff

George E. James, Springfield

Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Board

Cathleen T. Burrell, Adams

Jonathan M. Edwards, Lawrenceburg

Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors

Edward “Ed” Cole, Nashville

James K. “Ken” Davis, Lebanon

Solid Waste Disposal Control Board

Jack Edward Deibert, Clarksville

Jared L. Lynn, Hermitage

State Board of Accountancy

William F. Blaufuss, Nashville

Jennifer L. Brundige, Nashville

Stanley Bernard Sawyer, Memphis

Casey M. Stuart, Signal Mountain

State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors

Sue Braly, Pulaski

State Capitol Commission

Judith Boyer Danner, Nashville

State Workforce Development Board

Kristee Bell, Memphis

Craig S. Butler, Lexington

Echell Eady, Murfreesboro

Shirley A. Frierson, Nashville

Raymond S. Marston, Lawrenceburg

Jean C. Schmidt, Nashville

Yolanda E. Shields, Spring Hill

Zachariah N. Stansell, Knoxville

Sandra B. Woods, Humboldt

Tennessee Aeronautics Commission

Jim Berry, Georgetown

Tennessee Arts Commission

Donna Chase, Knoxville

Edwin F. Gerace, Johnson City

Carol L. McCoy, Nashville

Tennessee Board of Court Reporting

John Mack Green, Murfreesboro

Tennessee Board of Regents

Agenia W. Clark, Brentwood

Barry Doyle Gidcomb, Columbia

Fran F. Marcum, Tullahoma

Casey Lyn McCullum, Athens

Howard Roddy, Hixson

Tennessee Career and Technical Education Council

James G. Neeley, Nashville

Tennessee Collection Services Board

Elizabeth C. “Beth” Dixon, Memphis

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Philip A. Acord, Chattanooga

Sidney J. Bynum, Nashville

Lindsay V. Callahan, Cookeville

Janell F. Clark, Cookeville

Erica S. Gilmore, Nashville

Martha C. Herndon, Sharon

Carlton Lewis, Nashville

Harold Moses Love, Jr., Nashville

Joy Phillips Strickland, Piney Flats

Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Directors

Dennis L. Carroll, Cleveland

Alfred W. Laney, Nashville

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Cynthia R. Chambers, Jonesborough

Renee M. Lopez, Gallatin

Deborah S. Riffle, Humboldt

Marilyn L. Sortor, Memphis

Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board

Timothy Lynn Bell, Woodbury

Richard Holliday, Memphis

Dennis Wayne Parker, Sparta

James E. Ross, Jackson

Robert W. Thurman, Jr., Brentwood

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

Gloria L. Bishop, LaVergne

Katherine Taylor Haynes, Nashville

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Jack Murrah, Hixson

Zachary Ross Walden, LaFollette

Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Joseph Warren Walker, III, Whites Creek

Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

Regina L. Bartlett, Hendersonville

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission

James D. “Donnie” Hatcher, Brownsville

Stan McNabb, Tullahoma

William L. Tarr, Jefferson City

Reed Edward Trickett, Nashville

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Board of Directors

Anne L. Russell, Nashville

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

James R. “Russ” Farrar, Brentwood

Tennessee Real Estate Commission

Wendell F. Alexander, Dresden

Grover C. Collins, Lewisburg

Michelle W. Haynes, Gallatin

Tennessee Real Estate Appraiser Commission

Edward A. Baryla, Jr., Johnson City

Herbert E. Phillips, Nashville

Nancy W. Point, Rogersville

Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) Board of Directors

Tonya G. Jones, Nashville

George Jordan Phillips, Gallatin

Tennessee State Veterans Home Board

Clarence E. “Gene” Bayless, Jr., Knoxville

Hughley Moore, Collierville

Robert D. “Bob” Tuke, Nashville

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

SimmieRay Lee Dinkins, Henning

William C. “Will” Pinkston, Nashville

Tennessee Water Quality Control Board

James W. Cameron, III, Franklin

Frank McGinley, Jr., Savannah

University of Tennessee Board of Trustees

J.A.M. “Toby” Boulet, Knoxville

Carey Elizabeth Smith, Kingsport

Water and Wastewater Financing Board

Randy Paul Wilkins, Springfield

Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Board

Larry W. Moore, Germantown

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Press Releases

New Members of State Boards & Commissions Named

State of Tennessee Press Release, Jan 26, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 83 men and women to serve on 40 state boards and commissions.

“We depend upon the leadership and commitment of citizens like these Tennesseans to serve our state through its boards and commissions,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate their readiness to serve, and I am confident they bring the experience and knowledge necessary to be valuable members of their respective boards and commissions.”

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The appointments are as follows:

Advisory Council for Alternative Education

  • Joyce S. Hale, McKenzie
  • Rita C. Herndon, Ashland City
  • Gary L. Houck, Lake City
  • Eric Trent McVay, Millington
  • James E. Murphy, Jr., Jonesborough
  • Joris M. Ray, Memphis
  • Larry E. Saunders, Nashville
  • Joetta Burkett Yarbro, Dyersburg

Barber Board of Examiners

  • Donald A. Collins, Millington

Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

  • Major L. McNeil, Collierville

Board of Communication Disorder and Sciences

  • Roland “Ron” Eavey, Nashville

Board of Dispensing Opticians

  • LeRhona Walton-Hill, Knoxville

Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

  • Diana L. Miller, Chattanooga

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

  • Tony W. Hysmith, Henderson

Board for Licensing Alarm Systems Contractors

  • Vivian L. Hixson, Dayton

Board of Nursing

  • Terri A. Bowman, Parsons
  • Arthur L. Thompson, Nashville

Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

  • Lawrence Burns, Nashville

Committee for Clinical Perfusionists

  • Gwen Bonner, Germantown
  • Robert Lewis Wilson, Cookeville

Conservation Commission

  • Ronald Braam, Cleveland
  • Kim H. Hawkins, Nashville
  • Mary H. Johnson, Shady Valley
  • Robert George Keast, Camden
  • William E. “Will” Martin, Nashville
  • Chris T. Moore, Lookout Mountain

Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists

  • Kimberly Renee Glynn, Sevierville
  • Douglas Henry State Museum Commission
  • Jan F. Simek, Seymour

Governor’s Citizen Corps Advisory Committee

J.T. “Pancho” Chumley, Covington

Wanda Bruce Graham, Brentwood

Richard “Rick” Scarbrough, Clinton

Homeland Security Council

Howard R. Bradley, Springfield

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Eldra T. White, Memphis

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Statewide Planning and Policy Council

Renee Bouchillon, Lynnville

Kimberly Dean, Hendersonville

Mary A. McLennan, Nashville

Michael Myszka, Nashville

Linda O’Neal, Nashville

Leslie H. Vincent, Gallatin

Wanda Willis, Nashville

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

Kristin Weis Lester, Collierville

Donna J. Lovitt, Nashville

Private Probation Services Council

Sidney Chism, Memphis

Regional Transportation Authority Board

Debbie B. Frank, Nashville

James T. “Jim” Kerr, Murfreesboro

J. Thomas Trent, Nashville

Southern Growth Policies Board

Rick E. Meredith, Clinton

State Board of Pharmacy

Joyce McDaniel, Nashville

State Workforce Development Board

Nichole Saulsberry-Scarboro, Memphis

Statewide Independent Living Council

Anthony D. Sledge, Memphis

Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Rozelle Criner, Ripley

Tennessee Board of Court Reporting

James G. “Jim” Martin, III, Franklin

Tennessee Commission on Indian Affairs

Christine M.R. Goddard, Louisville

Tammera D. Hicks, Chattanooga

Tennessee Community Service Agency Board of Directors

David H. Stanifer, Tazewell

Tennessee Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Kathleen M. Starnes-Maxwell

Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board

Pete Claussen, Knoxville

J. Andrew Goddard, Nashville

Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board

Jack Masters, Gallatin

Tennessee Medical Laboratory

Gloria L. Jenkins, Brentwood

Royce E. Joyner, Memphis

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission

William L. Tarr, Jefferson City

Tennessee Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission

Alan Gerard Rousseau, Memphis

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Board of Directors

Timothy Carl Schwarz, Nashville

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Vickie Lynn Bilbrey, Cookeville

Claudia M. Mays, Nashville

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Carol Sue Braslow, Memphis

Barbara Ann Gregory, Lafayette

Thomas E. Groomes, Franklin

Frederick William Hart, Chattanooga

Ursula A. Wieland, Germantown

Utility Management Review Board

Loyal Edward Featherstone, Memphis

John Marshall Hagewood, Franklin

Volunteer Tennessee Board of Directors

Kay Woods Davenport, Smyrna

Shannon L. Duke, Spring Hill

Mary Douglas Graham, Franklin

Diane L. Hayes, Nashville

David Lee Keiser, Madison

Paige L. Kisber, Nashville

C. Matthew Little, Signal Mountain

Shannon Little, Bartlett

Larry Dean Stone, Hermitage

Alice Sue “Susie” Wilkin, Murfreesboro

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Business and Economy Liberty and Justice

State’s Regulatory Boards Don’t Handle Complaints Well, Comptroller Reports

A report released Tuesday by state auditors suggests some professional- and occupational-licensing boards aren’t doing a very good job of processing complaints filed against the business owners and service-providers they’re supposed to be overseeing.

“There are still few procedures requiring boards to document and record specific complaint information in a standardized format,” according to the performance audit (pdf) of the Division of Regulatory Boards.

The Comptroller of the Treasury’s report also noted that studies conducted in both 1999 and 2005 found similar problems. The Division of Regulatory Boards, which operates under the Department of Commerce and Insurance, has still “not developed the tools to provide themselves with the data needed to efficiently and effectively manage complaints.”

Many boards also don’t investigate license applicants for criminal histories, even though regulations require them “to be of good moral character, honest, and/or trustworthy and free of criminal convictions,” the report stated.

“We generally concur with the finding and did concur before the audit began,” said Mary Moody, deputy director of the Commerce and Insurance Department.

Nothing in the report came as a surprise to her department, Moody told the Labor and Transportation Subcommittee of the Joint Government Operations Committee on Tuesday.

A lot of the government’s problems boiled down to not having enough attorneys, Moody said.

The auditors added that “attorney workloads and board meeting frequency…may play a significant role in the timely resolution of complaints.”

“Complaint files show that boards’ administrative staff spend relatively little time on complaint intake and closure tasks. Most of the time a complaint is open occurs between the time the staff attorney receives the complaint file and when the board makes its final decision,” according to the report.

There are 11 professional regulatory boards scheduled to terminate at the end of June if the Legislature doesn’t extend their operating mandate. They included licensing-oversight authorities for auctioneers, barbers, collection agents, cosmetologists, funeral directors, security guards, land surveyors, private investigators, polygraph technicians and real estate appraisers and agents.

More than half the complaints currently under review or investigation by boards that oversee barbers (71 cases), cosmetologists (311), land surveyors (16), private investigators (45) and security guards (315), have gone unresolved for more than 180 days. The committee that oversees security guards hasn’t met since 2006, according to the audit.

Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt.Juliet, who chairs the Joint Government Operations Committee, said she doesn’t foresee lawmakers refusing to reissue statutory approval for the boards this year.

However, Lynn said she’d like to see the state initiate a thoroughgoing examination of whether Tennessee’s consumers and economy might be better served in absence of some of the licensing boards and requirements.

“I’m not a fan of occupational licensure unless it directly serves to protect the constitutional rights of the citizens, since the purpose of government is to secure those rights,” said Lynn.

Last year Lynn and Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, sponsored an “Economic Civil Rights Act,” which called for eliminating any occupational board that in reality tends to function more as a protectionist barrier against new competition than as a safeguard against legitimate threats to citizens’ safety, health or rights.

“If you’re doing something that is potentially a danger to somebody else, then the state should have the power to regulate,” said Lynn. “If not, then a license requirement is often just an attempt to force people to jump through hoops. There are a lot of regulations like that which are meant for achieving good, but which really end up only hurting people economically.”

According to the free-market Tennessee Center for Policy Research, only nine other states have as strict or stricter regulatory burdens on entrepreneurs, merchants and service-sellers as the Volunteer State.

“While generally sold as a means to protect the public interest, regulations often exist merely to protect a chosen class,” wrote TCPR staffers in a statement delivered to a House committee looking into the bill last session. “This smothers competition and preserves a government-endorsed monopoly, thereby increasing the costs of goods and services to consumers. Reduced competition also makes it more difficult for consumers to receive the quality of goods and services they demand.”